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The dog that started it all: SVF Brother Bo 1989-2007
SVF Bo is the dog that led Maureen and Lee down the path to building The Dog Works. Bo was the first Jack in the U.S. to earn the top level Utility Title in Obedience. He will always be Maureen's once in a lifetime dog. Maureen will always have a Jack by her side. Maureen considers Bo to be the dog that taught her the most about behavior shaping. Bo lived with Maureen for 15 or his 18 years. He was adopted when he was 3.
SVF Possumbilities aka "Possum"
SVF Possumbiltees or "Possum" is living the high life of hunting on the farm, stealing training treats, and being the number one house dog. Toad, Possum and Bug were often seen competing in agility, being handled by Dog Works students and instructors. At the age of 18, Possum is a true testiment to the value of a raw diet.
Weasel adopted in 2009 through JRTCA rescue.
Weasel is our official house greeter now that Possum's hearing is no longer sharp.
SVF Poison Ivy 1992 - 2007
SVF Poison Ivy, her Australian Shepherd, earned Obedience Dog World Awards, placed in the USDAA Agility Grand Prix National Finals, was fifth 3 years in a row in the AKC Agility National Finals, and earned an Agility Dog Championship. Ivy lived at Summit View Farm for 15 years.
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SVF Bar Hopper "Toad" 1994 - 2008
SVF Bar Hopper was Maureen's 25th wedding anniversary gift from Lee. "Toad" and Maureen finished third in the American Kennel Clubs 2000 National International Class. Toad, like Ivy, was an Agility Dog Champion both in USDAA and AKC agility. Toad was seen many times on Animal Planet. He had been a USDAA Steeplechase finalist as well as Grand Prix finalist, and was a 30-inch top ten in Jumpers as a youngster. Toad, like Ivy, was loved for 15 years.
SVF Lightning Bug
SVF Lightning Bug is a "rescued" agility Border Collie. In 2005 Maureen brought out Bug in her first National competition. Bug did an outstanding job winning the 18" team standard and jumpers combination on Friday and took second place in the 16 inch "hybrid" round on Sunday, earning her way into the "Challenger's Round". Many will tell you that this round is the most exciting round in the entire AKC competition! In her retirement, Bug has been rehomed to Eva Olds.
SVF Lizard, our first "working" dog.
SVF Leap'n Lizard, arrived August 28, 2004. With Lizard, Maureen began learning the exciting sport of competitive sheep herding. Maureen and Lizard started competing in 2007. They have won some pro-novice and nursery USBCHA classes and have placed in the USBCHA top Open division. This accomplishment is unusual for new dogs being trained by new herding handlers. Maureen credits their success to Lizard's breeding and the good instruction they have received from top trainers. Lizard qualified and competed in the Nursery class at the Border Collie Handlers National finals 2007 . Lizard was voted by the four judges at the 2007 Bluegrass Classic to be "The Most Promising Young Dog" at the Bluegrass. The Bluegrass Classic competition is one of the longest-running and most prestigious trials in the country. The trial typically draws top handlers from across the USA and Canada, as well as hundreds of local spectators.
SVF Hellbender (Bend), bought in Gouldbusk, Tx, Jan. 25, 2009.
SVF Hellbender joined the pack of pups at Summit View Farm in late Jan. 2009. "Bender" qualified to compete in the 2010 Nursery Finals and made the finals of the 2011 Nursery Finals held in Carbondale, CO Sept. 2011. You can see Bend's photos on the herding page and see her in action at the bottom of this page. Hellbender won the "Best Gather" award at the 2012 Bluegrass Classic.
Hellbender has our one and only litter Nov. 8, 2011
Nov. 8, 2011 Hellbender brought us our first and only litter of Border Collie puppies. Maureen in kept little "Eft". You can follow the puppies as they grow at this photo site. Eft, like the great dogs before her, has qualified for the 2013 Nursery finals. Maureen sucessfully competed her in the 2014 National Nursery finals held again in Carbondale, CO, Sept. 2014
SVF Eft (The Hellbender pup we kept)
Following in the pawprints of the good dogs before her, Eft qualified and competed in the USBCHA Nursery finals 2013 & 2014.